The Best Football Players Ever

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One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
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  1. 1
    + 8,940
    - 3,415

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 7,423
    - 2,759


    Running back

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  3. 3
    + 7,223
    - 2,292


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 7,730
    - 3,147


    Quarterback

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  5. 5
    + 5,344
    - 2,419


    Linebacker

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  6. 6
    + 4,729
    - 2,386


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 4,096
    - 1,757
    Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

  8. 8
    + 4,837
    - 1,878
    Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

  9. 9
    + 5,813
    - 4,201

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  10. 10
    + 4,131
    - 2,028
    Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Ray Lewis Linebacker

  11. 11
    + 6,106
    - 4,328
    Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tom Brady Quarterback

  12. 12
    + 4,056
    - 1,817
    Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

    ranked low on reranks
    Emmitt Smith Running back

  13. 13
    + 3,958
    - 2,240

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 3,819
    - 1,831


    Quarterback

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  15. 15
    + 3,952
    - 1,891


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3,491
    - 1,554


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 3,710
    - 931

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 3,118
    - 1,191


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  19. 19
    + 2,991
    - 1,248
    Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

  20. 20
    + 3,086
    - 1,528


    Linebacker, Center

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    + 2,718
    - 1,621

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  22. 22
    + 3,069
    - 1,416


    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2,235
    - 1,156


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 2,896
    - 1,003

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2,364
    - 1,051


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2,175
    - 865
    Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

  27. 27
    + 2,611
    - 1,388
    Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Adrian Peterson Running back

  28. 28
    + 2,117
    - 1,350
    Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Tony Gonzalez Tight end

  29. 29
    + 1,757
    - 865


    Running back

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  30. 30
    + 2,145
    - 1,223


    Quarterback

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  31. 31
    + 1,726
    - 1,022


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  32. 32
    + 1,827
    - 1,054
    Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Lambert Linebacker

  33. 33
    + 1,680
    - 957

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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    + 1,457
    - 471

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  35. 35
    + 1,462
    - 539

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  36. 36
    + 1,425
    - 534
    Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

    ranked low on reranks
    Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

  37. 37
    + 1,599
    - 779
    Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Rod Woodson

  38. 38
    + 1,868
    - 1,021


    Quarterback

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  39. 39
    + 2,108
    - 1,052


    Quarterback

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  40. 40
    + 1,805
    - 954


    Running back

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  41. 41
    + 1,623
    - 1,004
    Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

  42. 42
    + 1,448
    - 915
    Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Bruce Smith

  43. 43
    + 1,465
    - 811
    Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Ed Reed Free Safety

  44. 44
    + 1,653
    - 1,119

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  45. 45
    + 1,796
    - 1,120


    Quarterback

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  46. 46
    + 1,416
    - 594

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  47. 47
    + 1,532
    - 806
    Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Mike Ditka Tight end

  48. 48
    + 1,840
    - 992
    Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever


    Drew Brees Quarterback

  49. 49
    + 899
    - 289

    ranked low on reranks & added by coolmiles
    Tight end

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  50. 50
    + 1,219
    - 819


    Cornerback

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